Archive for October 2011

McDermott, Frances

Frances (Bauer) McDermott, 82, of Farmington, widow of Robert L. McDermott, to whom she was married to for 56 years, passed away peacefully Wed, Oct. 26th. Born in Unionville, June 19, 1929, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (McMahon) Bauer. Fran worked alongside her husband as they developed Minute Man Oil, until his retirement in 1999. She loved to swim, ever since her early lifeguarding and was swimming in her pool Bob installed for her, right up to this past summer! Everyone who knew her witnessed her humor, wit and the twinkle in her eye. Fran is survived by her son, Maury McDermott of Farmington, her two daughters, Maureen Caplette of Bristol, and Charlene Larsen of Farmington; seven grandchildren, Chas and Casey McDermott, Kyle and Ryan Caplette, and Chris, Craig and Kara Larsen. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Oct. 28) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, we would ask you to honor Fran’s memory by reaching out to a neighbor with a random act of kindness. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Bancroft, Rose

Rose C. Bancroft, 91, of Avon passed away peacefully Saturday October 22nd. Born in the Bari, province of Latina, Italy on January 21, 1920 daughter of the late Rafaelle and Lucia Centrone. Rose is survived by her son John M. Bancroft and his wife Jane M. of Avon, her sister Dora Weaver of South Beach, OR, grandsons Anthony J. Bancroft and his wife Setsuko of Palos Verdes, CA, and John M. Bancroft Jr. and his wife Shiho of Norwalk, CT and two great-grandchildren Johnny and Claire, and two nieces. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Rt. 4 Unionville on Wednesday (Oct. 26) from 4-6 pm. Funeral services and burial will be in NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter 2075 Silas Deane Hwy., Suite 100 Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Budwitz, Cynthia

Cynthia E. Budwitz, of Farmington, beloved friend, partner and wife for 65 years to Peter A. Budwitz, passed away peacefully Friday, October 21st. Born in New Britain, September 22, 1938, daughter of the late Rudolph and Dorothy (Trehy) Swanson, she resided in Farmington since 1964. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. Besides her loving husband, Cynthia is survived by her two sons, Craig A. Budwitz of Scottsdale, AZ and Steven P. Budwitz and his wife Michelle of Avon, her brother Dr. Donald Swanson and his wife Sondra of Southington and her cherished granddaughter Peyton Budwitz. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Tuesday (Oct. 25) from 5:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday (Oct. 26) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington followed by burial in the Columbarium at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Reid, Wilfred “Nick”

Wilfred J. “Nick” Reid of Canton, husband of the late Shirley (Leclair) Reid passed away unexpectedly Friday October 21st at home. Born in Mt. Kisco, NY July 29, 1931 son of the late Fred Reid and Mary (McGowan) Reid, he resided in the Farmington Valley for many years. Prior to retiring, he was a heavy truck driver for Tomasso /Tilcon Inc. for over 25 years and was a teamster with Local 559. Nick was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War. Under his sometimes gruff exterior, Nick was a generous and loyal father and friend. His many friends and acquaintances from the Whole Donut and Ricefields will miss his familiar face and his sense of humor. The family wishes to thank all who have lent the love and support that was shown in so many ways over the course of this difficult year. Nick was active and independent to the end- even driving himself to the casino for yet another lucky hand of Caribbean poker. He kept his family close around him and many a Sunday the entire Reid clan could be found together at “Nick’s booth” at Ricefields. The family will always love and cherish their personal memories of the very special man that was Nick Reid. He is survived by his daughter Jackie R. Stanicak and her husband Michael of New Hartford, his son Richard “Ricky” Reid and his companion Carol Andrews of Avon, his sister Sally Berger of Los Angeles, CA, grandson Nicholas, and best buddy Rock. He was recently predeceased by his beloved daughter Shari Reid. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Rt. 4 Unionville on Monday (Oct. 24) from 5-7 pm. A remembrance service will be held Tuesday at 11 am in The Ahern Funeral Home followed by burial in the family plot at Dyer Cemetery, Canton with full military honors. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Suzaya, Elvira C.

Elvira C. Suzaya, 91, of Farmington, entered heaven peacefully on Sunday, October 16th, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Mariano and Mariquita (Cabezas) Suzaya of Peru, South America and immigrated to Farmington in the late 1940’s. She held many jobs and endured many hardships, all while raising her nieces and nephews. Through her hard work and dedication, Elvira achieved success and economic security as a single woman. She worked at Stanadyne Automotive Corporation in Windsor until her retirement and was a devoted member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church where she was one of the founders of SR DE LOS MILAGROS (The Brotherhood of Lord of Miracles of Peru). She was also one of the founding members of the former Peruvian Club in Hartford. Elvira will be remembered as a generous and charitable woman who helped many people come to America to achieve the American Dream. She loved people and was loved by many, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Elvira is survived by her nieces, nephews, and cousins, including, Rogelio Susaya and his wife Arlinda, Carlos Susaya and his wife Hilda, Julio Susaya, Teofila “Tina” Susaya, Maximina Walczyk and her husband Thomas, Fortunata Barzola and her husband Felix, and Irma Kopplin. The family would like to thank James Fox and all the nurses at the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association for all their help and support. Friends may attend calling hours at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Oct. 24) from 8:30-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington at 11:00am. Elvira will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. Contributions may be made to the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Neff, Barbara

Barbara Sanger Neff of Devonwood Drive in Farmington CT passed away on October 14 2011. She was born December 11 1919 in Basin Montana, the daughter of Alan and Margaret Sanger. She was pre-deceased by her sister Marcia Meyerhoff and her husband Robert L Neff. Bob and Barbara met as teenagers in a summer romance in Chamberlain Maine. They married just as Bob was enlisting in the Navy and entering WWII. Those years, when Bob was in the Pacific and Barbara traveled to see him whenever he came to port, were central to their lives. After the war, they spent much of their married life in Springdale CT. Barbara raised her children, volunteered for the Girl Scouts, became an avid bridge player, and enjoyed her friends and family. Bob and Barbara also maintained a second and much loved Neff family home in Chamberlain Maine. Barbara is survived by her children Wesley Neff and her husband Robert DesLauriers of Winterport Maine, Peter Neff and his wife Lynn of Clinton CT and Chamberlain Maine, Marcy Neff and her partner Sheila Amdur of West Hartford CT, and Bob Neff of Augusta Maine; her beloved grandchildren Wesley, Jennifer, Heather, Mike, Robyn, Todd, Nicole and Jim; great grandchildren Jenna, Cami, and Caden; brothers-in-law and their wives John and Helen Neff and Bob and Sarah Meyerhoff; niece Robyn and nephew Bobby. A service will be held at the United Methodist Church in New Harbor Maine at 1pm on Saturday October 29th with burial to follow in the New Harbor Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the McLean Care Hospice program at 75 Great Pond Rd in Simsbury CT or the American Cancer Society at 6 Hudson St in Bangor Maine.
To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Swanson, Donald

Donald E. Swanson, 87, of Farmington, beloved husband of Eleanor Clark Swanson passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 12th. Born in Rockford, Illinois on January 23rd, 1924, son of the late Walfred and Hedvig Swanson. Don was a graduate of Hall High School, West Hartford, earned a BS degree from Indiana State University and his MBA in Finance from Indiana University. He also attended Harvard University and the Biarritz American University. Don was employed for 37 years at Connecticut Bank and Trust Company as Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Paralegal Unit. He served as Treasurer for the Town of Farmington, served three terms as Councilman for the Town of Farmington, was Treasurer for the Republican Town Committee, Past President of Farmington Land and Trust, Served as Vice Chairman of the Greater Hartford Heart Association Fund Appeal, Chairman of the Farmington Heart Association Fund Appeal, Past Vice President of St. Matthew Lutheran Church where he was Chairman of the Evangelism Committee, was Chairman of the Greater Hartford Lutheran Conference, and a member of the Lutheran Brotherhood Committee. While serving as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during World War II, he received the Purple Heart after which he became a personal guard for General Patton. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Linda and her husband Lloyd Malin of North Kingstown, RI, his son Drew and his wife Bahige of Brookfield, four beautiful grandchildren, Lauren, Laura, Paul and Benjamin and his brother, Glen and his wife Annagreta. He was predeceased by his sister Vivian Anderson. Don loved his church. He enjoyed calling on the elderly every Sunday morning. He had a smile and a hand shake for one and all. He often called the church his second home. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Oct. 22) at 1:00pm in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon with Pastor William Carter officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon, CT 06001. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Sheehan, Daniel

Daniel G. Sheehan, 71, of Burlington beloved husband of Jacqueline (Bumps) Sheehan passed away Monday October 17th. Born in Hartford July 22, 1940 son of the late Daniel J. Sheehan and Katherine (Guiheen) Sheehan. He resided in Burlington for 33 years. Dan was a graduate of Torrington High School class of 1958. Prior to retiring in 1997 he was associated with the Arthur G. Russell Co. for 27 years where he was a machine design specialist. He was a communicant at St. Patrick’s Church in Burlington. Dan enjoyed his many trips to Ireland visiting loving friends and family in the homeland of his grandmother, author Peig Sayers. He was a sports enthusiast and music aficionado. In his earlier years he served as an EMT with the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Corps. Besides his wife he is survived by his beloved daughter Kerry L. Sheehan of Torrington. Dan was predeceased by his cherished daughter Colleen F. Sheehan. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Rt. 4 Unionville on Friday (Oct 21) from 5-8 pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (Oct 22) at 9:15 am followed by the funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick Burlington at 10 am. Burial will be in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made St. Jude Childrens Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Gagnon, Joseph

Joseph (Gerard) “Joe” Gagnon, 83 of Farmington passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Joe was born in Frenchville, Maine, on June 7, 1928 to the late Levite Gagnon and Cecile Bealieu. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 49 years, Lorraine (Dessereau) Gagnon and his brother John Gagnon. Joe is survived by two sons and their wives, Guy and Kathy (Foligno) Gagnon of Southington, Roy and Jeanie (Grasso) Gagnon of Rocky Hill, one daughter Denise Gagnon of Henderson, South Carolina, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His grandchildren Rachel Colon, Renee Gagnon, Nick Gagnon, Gage Gagnon, Valia Capuano, Gabie Gagnon and Parker Gagnon mourn his loss. Joe also is survived by his three sisters, Geraldine Kisarewich of Ocala Florida, Claudette Sorenson and Shirline Andrews both of Bristol and a brother and sister in law, Joseph (Ronald) Gagnon and Jan Gagnon of North Carolina. Joe was a Sheet Metal Mechanic and a retired member of Sheet Metal Local 40. Joe spent his years as a young man in the Merchant Marines and regaled many a holiday gathering with stories of his days spent at sea and in foreign lands. Joe met the love of his life Lorraine, shortly after completing his service in the Merchant Marines. The two settled in Farmington, and there, raised their family. Joe was known for doing a brisk business in refurbishing bicycles. You would always see a bike or two for sale on Joe’s lawn. He had a real mechanical skill and could create just about anything out of metal and fix whatever was broken. In his later years Joe was an avid member of the Farmington Senior Center. There, his artistic qualities emerged. Joe produced some lovely pieces of art created out of copper and other metals, his favorite medium. Joe enjoyed the Senior Center immensely and made some very dear friends there. Joe loved a good joke, good food and utmost his family. We will always remember the twinkle in his eye and his mischievous grin when he had a good story or joke to tell. Knowing that Joe was never one to be idle, we are sure he is in heaven at the right hand of the Lord waiting for a job to do. Joe will be deeply missed by his family and his many friends. Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Oct. 20) from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Friday (Oct. 21) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington at 10:00am.

Brewer, Caroline McCray

Caroline McCray Brewer, 74, of Bishopville, SC, widow of Charles Lee Brewer, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 13th. Caroline Brewer retired in 2001 after working over thirty years for New York’s Juvenile Court system in Manhattan, NY. Upon retiring she moved to Bishopville, SC her hometown. She was a Jehovah’s Witness for over sixteen years. She graciously worshiped the lord, and served the lord. Caroline was the oldest girl of fourteen children born to Lorene “Stack’ Josey. Caroline is survived by five living children, three boys, John, Victor, and Bruce McCray, and two girls; Gloria Henry and Cynthia Williams. She has nine grandchildren Khaninah, Malachi, and Micha Henry, Shani, Cushan, Jelani, and Mwamba Williams, Ainkosi, and Maya McCray. She is also survived by her two great grandchildren, Omari and Tynell Williams Caroline is also survived by three sisters, Anita Josey, Delores Simon, and her oldest living sister Rutha Mae Wilson, and four brothers, James, aka “Son”, English, Harry, aka “Dicky”, and Willie, aka “W.J.” Josey. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Oct. 17) from 3:00-5:00pm followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 5:00pm. Caroline will be laid to rest beside her late husband Charles Lee Brewer, at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY. Donations in her name may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 580 Tower Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Bradley, Ruth

Ruth E. (Fischer) Bradley, 87, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 12th. She was born in Hartford on May 26, 1924. Prior to retiring, Ruth was employed by Lithomart in Farmington for many years. She is survived by her beloved children, Karen Bowers and her husband John of Manchester and David Bradley of Pequabuck, and her two grandchildren, Allison Bowers Thayer of Preston and Kevin B. Bowers of Manchester. She is also survived by her husband Frederick A. Bradley. At the request of the family there will be no service. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Garble, Carol

Carol Marie Garble, 60, of Manchester, passed away suddenly Friday, October 7th. Born in Edena, Ohio, daughter of Dorothy (Kiggins) Garble of Lancaster, Ohio and the late John Garble. Carol had been associated with Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford for 28 years and Vistar in Windsor for 12 years and most recently was the Shipping Supervisor at Andover Tech in South Windsor. She was an avid New York Giants and UCONN Women’s Basketball fan and had a great love and appreciation for wolves and dolphins. Besides her mother, Carol is survived by her dear friend Janice M. Dinsmore whom she lived with, her brother, John Garble, her nephew John Garble II and niece Janessa Garble all of Columbus, OH, her aunt and uncle, Harry and Connie Kiggins of Cadiz, OH and she will be remembered as Auntie Carol to all the nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her sister Diana Garble. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Wednesday (Oct. 12) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Oct. 13) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford at 10:00am. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Agnes Guild, 104 Mayflower St., West Hartford, CT 06110. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Russell, Barbara

Barbara Dillon Russell passed peacefully at home with her beloved husband, Buddy at her side on October 4, 2011. She was born on October 25, 1923 in Newport, RI. Barbara was the daughter of the late Maurice and Agnes Dillon. She attended school in Newport and continued her education at the Milgrim Secretarial School. Her degree allowed her to work with Newport’s society providing her with many exciting experiences. Barbara’s love for Newport continued throughout her lifetime. After moving to Manchester, CT in 1950, she worked in administrative management positions with the town manager of Manchester and several transportation firms. She continued her lifelong learning process by attending Manchester Community College’s Art Program. Barbara’s creative abilities included culinary arts, gardening and most especially photography. She was a member of the Manchester Art Association where she won numerous awards for her photography. Her other interests included reading, duplicate bridge, golf and travel. Barbara had a love of beauty and nature. She and Buddy spent many enjoyable days driving the country roads of New England discovering new places and restaurants. Besides her loving husband of 69 years, she leaves her daughter Mary Lynn and husband Ralph Rooke of Old Saybrook, her son Bart and wife Rorie Russell of Bloomfield, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 8) from 12:00pm-1:30pm with Memorial Services beginning at 12:00pm with Fr. Michael Dolan officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Leary, Daniel Jr.

Daniel A. Leary Jr., 82, of Farmington, died Monday, October 3rd in Burlington, Connecticut after a brief illness. Dan was born December 5, 1928 in Newark, NJ, son of the late Daniel A. Leary Sr. and Margaret (Barrett) Leary; he grew up in Orange, NJ. He received a BA in Economics from Georgetown University, Washington DC, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. In 1951 he married Elisabeth Mullen in New York, NY, and together they raised four children. They lived in New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut before moving to Morris, CT, in 1969. They were married for 55 years before her death in 2006. Dan began his career with IBM in 1948 before joining the Navy, and later worked for Cities Service (now Citgo). In 1960, he joined the Motorlease Corporation, a fleet management company in Farmington, CT, and in 1976 he became CEO. During his tenure, he helped pioneer the concept of outsourced fleet management for small and mid-sized companies; the company grew remarkably under his leadership and he was recognized as an innovator in his field. He retired in 1993, turning over control to his son, Jack and daughter, Beth, but served on Motorlease’s Board of Directors until his death. He was an active member of the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA) throughout his career, and served on its Board of Directors from 1981-1993. He retired to Amelia Island, FL, in 1995, and moved back to Farmington in 2005. In addition to his life’s work, he loved to travel and enjoyed cruising in particular. He traveled extensively in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and the Caribbean, and during his lifetime visited almost every continent. He visited Alaska, and his most recent trip was to Antarctica with his son Dan. He was widely read and an avid student of American history and politics. He was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and rarely missed a game. He took great joy in his family, especially his grandchildren, and his very special dog, Tigger. He was an active supporter of his church, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville, and served as communicant there for many years. He was a true “old-fashioned gentleman,” with a warm, dignified and good-natured spirit, and he will be remembered for his kindness and quiet generosity. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his children Dan and Anne Leary III of East Aurora, NY; Jack Leary of Farmington; daughter-in-law Virginia Leary of Litchfield; Beth and Mike Kandrysawtz of Canton; and Pam Leary and Bob Neal of Burlington; and his grandchildren Dan IV, Meg, Nora, and Conor Leary; Kathy and Eliza Kandrysawtz; and Peter & Julie, Caitlin, Jack and Samantha Turnerhis brothers Barrett Leary of Somers, NY, and Tom Leary of Coronado, CA; and sisters Mary Caroline Clark of Bronxville, NY and Margot Badenhausen of Franklin Lakes, NJ. His family will receive friends Wednesday (Oct. 5) from 5:00-7:00pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Thursday (Oct. 6) at 9:15am followed by A Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. His family wishes to express their thanks to Gail Rogers of Simsbury for her many years of care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to McLean Hospice Program, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. For online information, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Hawkins, Joseph

Joseph Paul Hawkins, of Farmington, died on Saturday, October 1st. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Aileen Baynes Hawkins: children, Sister Nancy Hawkins, IHM of Rochester, NY, Sheila (Jeff) Marshall of Quinlan, TX, Paul J. (Kerstin) Hawkins of Farmington and one grandson, Conor. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Oct. 3) from 5:00-7:00pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday (Oct. 4) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, Main St., Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 628 Hebron Ave., Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.